September 28 2013

“India Inside” Author Interview with Prof. Phanish Puranam by Venkat - Part 6

In Part 6 of the interview we discuss how some Indian BPOs have used their process knowledge to create branded services or innovative products.

1. Indian BPO 24/7Customer, developed a data mining based predictive modelling  that helps call centre agents to sell more to web surfers overseas. 

2.     2. DenuoSource ‘s Location Analyzer product integrates GIS data with store and demographic data and gives an insight to those in retail and real estate to decide on new locations and developing existing ones.

In this context we discuss how a retail giant like Tesco had to close 200 Fresh & Easy stores in USA this year and pull out. 

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September 7 2013

“India Inside” Author Interview with Prof. Phanish Puranam by Venkat - Part 4

Outsourcing Innovation is the topic for discussion in Part 4 of the series of interviews with Prof Phanish Puranam. We talk about

  • Wipro's pre-built IP that it licenses to the clients while building a solution and how it works.
  • A mind-set among Indian IT companies to develop a breadth of skills (possibly to de-risk) rather than invest and develop depth in any area. Is Indian Pharma any different?
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“India Inside” Author Interview with Prof. Phanish Puranam by Venkat - Part 3

In Part 3 of the podcast, we discuss

  • What are the hurdles that Indian companies companies face in developing new products?
  • Are there a significant number of Indian companies investing now in new product development for the world? Who are they?

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August 30 2013

“India Inside” Author Interview with Prof. Phanish Puranam by Venkat - Part 2

In the second part of the discussion about the book India Inside, we talk about “When will we cease to be e-coolies” and how MNCs have leveraged Indian talent?

Phanish says in the B2B R&D space where a product was innovated and may not be relevant.

A senior manager at Intel pointed out to Phanish that they found hardly 15 PhDs that were in areas of their interest in a year.

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“India Inside” Author Interview with Prof. Phanish Puranam by Venkat - Part 1

In this 8 part Podcast series, Venkat talks to Prof Phanish Puranam the Roland Berger Chair Professor of Strategy & Organization Design at INSEAD. We are proud to say that he is an IIFTian and has done the alumni and alma mater proud.

His book, India Inside (co-authored with Nirmalya Kumar) was published by Harvard Business Review Press in 2012. This book is about the prospects for India to emerge as a global hub for innovation and is the subject of my discussion in this podcast series.

When commentators are all saying that Indian economy is in its worst situation in 20 years and sentiments are down all around, I asked Phanish, to assure us there are things that we have done well and can build on them and look forward to a better future

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September 9 2012

Venkat Talks to Ravi on Responding to Complex Environment

This set of podcasts on current Complex Environment in USA, Europe, Middle East, Asia and responding to them have been produced complement the  conference on Resource Scarcity jointly organised by SMU and IIFT. In the first of the four short podcasts, Ravi Shankar one of our senior most alumni in Singapore and I talk about Responding to this complex environment. We discuss if it is more complex today than in the past. What should the next generation expect?

In other parts we discuss the macro environments in USA, Europe, Middle East, Asia as well as the crisis points. Please feel free to leave a comment and give star ratings if you like them.

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Venkat Talks to Ravi on Macro Issues in USA

In part 2 of the podcast I talk to Ravi on macro issues in USA and their contribution to complexity in environment.

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Venkat Talks to Ravi on Crisis Points in Europe Middle East and Asia

In part 3 of the podcast we discuss how crisis points in Europe Middle East and Asia are contributing to the complexity in the environment.

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Venkat Talks to Ravi Shankar on Western Government Responses to Crisis; Corporate Values and Ethics

In part 4 of the podcast we talk about  whether we know enough to comment about Western Government responses to the current crisis. Ravi shares a great quote from a corporate chief in Singapore on Corporate Values and Ethics.

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September 3 2012

Venkat Talks to Ravi Shankar on Drivers of Investments in Farmlands

This set of podcasts on Farmland investments and related issues have been produced as a curtain raiser to the  conference on Resource Scarcity jointly organised by SMU and IIFT. In the first of the five short podcasts, Ravi Shankar one of our senior most alumni in Singapore and I talk about the drivers to investments in farmlands. Ravi use to head the vegetable oil business into Asia in Bunge Agribusiness Singapore Pte Ltd. Please feel free to leave a comment and give star ratings if you like them.

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